Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Absolutely PR's Top Tweets of the Year 2013

#1 – 51 Clicks – Nov 21, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: Hatchery International: Bell #Aquaculture turns 'Waste into Revenue http://ow.ly/r1YGS #FishFarming #RAS #recirc


#2 – 48 Clicks – Sept 10, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Medical Device Daily: "A decade of growth in metro Denver’s medical device sector" http://ow.ly/oIDJf #Colorado #MedDevice

#3 – 42 Clicks (in 2013) – posted Dec 10, 2012 for Bell Aquaculture: Vancouver Sun: 'Fish grown in closed containment systems offer big environmental advantages' http://ow.ly/fYUOV

#4 – 38 Clicks – Oct 18, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Xconomy: 'Clovis Oncology CEO Mahaffy Opens Up About Company’s Turbulent Yr' http://ow.ly/pWTVW #Colorado #Biotech

#5 – 35 Clicks – Sept 3, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: BCBR: 'Encision CEO Perner dies suddenly' http://ow.ly/ox9wA

#6 – 35 Clicks – Jan 21, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: InnovatioNews: CBSA 'Announces Launch of Colorado BioScience Institute' http://ow.ly/h0nCu

#7 – 34 Clicks – July 22, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: BCBR: 'Arca Biopharma raises capital, makes hires' http://ow.ly/ndn3V #Colorado #Biotech #BioPharma

#8 – 34 Clicks – May 9, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Harvard Magazine: 'Factor That Reverses Aging of Heart Discovered' http://ow.ly/kSrpM #Somalogic #Colorado via @COBioscience

#9 – 33 Clicks – April 22, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Great Read: New Issue of 'Bioscience Colorado' Magazine w/ updated industry directory http://ow.ly/kjlEh #MedDevice #Biotech

#10 – 32 Clicks – April 12, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Boulder BioBeers is Back! Twisted Pine Brewery May 8th 6 pm http://ow.ly/k1dLO

#11 – 32 Clicks – Dec 5, 2013 for Kentuckiana Medical Center: Courier-Journal: 'Private Clarksville hospital opens #ER' http://ow.ly/rtPTs #KentuckianaMedicalCenter #Hospitals via @AbsolutelyPR

#12 – 31 Clicks – Dec 6, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Aurora Sentinel: 'Aurora groups score grants to help move science from research to market' http://ow.ly/rvmkr #Colorado


#13 – 30 Clicks – Mar 4, 2013 for Absolutely Public Relations: Inc: 'The New Rules for Marketing-What works today is the exact opposite of what worked a decade ago.' http://ow.ly/ikhWp

#14 – 30 Clicks – Aug 15, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: Bell Aquaculture Pres Norman McCowan Receives Indiana Agrivision Award http://ow.ly/nXZW#BestPractice via @BellAquaculture


#15 – 29 Clicks – Feb 19, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: AAAS Annual Mtg News: 'Can Fish Farms Feed the World?' Bell Aquaculture photo shows RAS technology http://ow.ly/hQSyq

#16 – 28 Clicks – April 18, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Congratulations to Colorado State's Dr Temple Grandin http://ow.ly/kbINO #CBSAAwards2010 #BioWest

#17 – 27 Clicks – Dec 19, 2013 for Kentuckiana Medical Center: Kentuckiana Med Ctr Opens New ER, Promises 15-Min Or Less Wait Time http://ow.ly/rUffX #Louisville #Hospitals


#18 – 23 Clicks – Dec 23, 2013 for Kentuckiana Medical Center: Louisville Business First: 'New Kentuckiana Medical Center leader talks about priorities' http://ow.ly/s1q5Z #Hospitals #ERWaitTimes

#19 – 22 Clicks – Aug 30, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: BCBR: 'Covidien a double champ at IQ Awards' http://ow.ly/oqKWt #Innovation #Colorado #MedDevice via @COBioscience


#20 – 20 Clicks – July 19, 2013 for Absolutely Public Relations: Mashable: 'The Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo' http://ow.ly/n8lJd #Twitter #HowTo

#21 – 16 Clicks – Feb 7, 2013 for Cat Care Society: Feb 28th: 'M-e-o-w...dining for cats in Castle Pines' fundraiser at La Dolce Vita Restaurant http://ow.ly/hwzYG via @CatCareSociety

#22 – 15 Clicks – June 9, 2013 for Cat Care Society: Mile High Mamas: Festival of Felines Is June 29th at Cat Care Society http://ow.ly/lRlzn #Cats #Kittens #FamilyFun via @CatCareSociety

#23 – 15 Clicks – Mar 4, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: Organic Fish Fertilizer: Fish Rich® 2-2-2 available online now for your Spring Vegetable Garden http://ow.ly/ikmQd via @BellAquaculture

#24 – 14 Clicks – Sept 3, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: AgriNews: 'Hoosier is honored for commitment to aquaculture' http://ow.ly/ox4va #Indiana #AquacultureHub

#25 – 12 Clicks – Aug 14, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: Inside INdiana Business: 'Aquaculture on The Rise in Indiana' http://ow.ly/nWbvE 

Link to the @AbsolutelyPR Twitter

Link to the @DenverPR Twitter

2013 Recap: Colorado BioScience Association Top Ten Tweets

#1 – 48 Clicks – Sept 10, 2013: Medical Device Daily: "A decade of growth in metro Denver’s medical device sector" http://ow.ly/oIDJf #Colorado #MedDevice

#2 – 38 Clicks – Oct 18, 2013: Xconomy: 'Clovis Oncology CEO Mahaffy Opens Up About Company’s Turbulent Yr' http://ow.ly/pWTVW #Colorado #Biotech

#3 – 35 Clicks – Sept 3, 2013: BCBR: 'Encision CEO Perner dies suddenly' http://ow.ly/ox9wA

#4 – 35 Clicks – Jan 21, 2013: InnovatioNews: CBSA 'Announces Launch of Colorado BioScience Institute' http://ow.ly/h0nCu @innov_news

#5 – 34 Clicks – July 22, 2013: BCBR: 'Arca Biopharma raises capital, makes hires' http://ow.ly/ndn3V #Colorado #Biotech #BioPharma

#6 – 34 Clicks – May 9, 2013: Harvard Magazine: 'Factor That Reverses Aging of Heart Discovered' http://ow.ly/kSrpM #Somalogic #Colorado via @COBioscience

#7 – 33 Clicks – April 22, 2013: Great Read: New Issue of 'Bioscience Colorado' Magazine w/ updated industry directory http://ow.ly/kjlEh #MedDevice #Biotech

#8 – 32 Clicks – April 12, 2013: Boulder BioBeers is Back! Twisted Pine Brewery May 8th 6 pm http://ow.ly/k1dLO

#9 – 31 Clicks – Dec 6, 2013: Aurora Sentinel: 'Aurora groups score grants to help move science from research to market' http://ow.ly/rvmkr #Colorado


#10 – 28 Clicks – April 18, 2013: Congratulations to Colorado State's Dr Temple Grandin http://ow.ly/kbINO #CBSAAwards2010 #BioWest

Link to the @COBioscience Twitter

Top Ten Cat Care Society Tweets of 2013

#1 – Sept 23, 2013 – 48 Clicks: Sneak Peek: 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats Artists and Designs; Sponsor Recruitment Underway http://ow.ly/p8pGE

#2 – Aug 26, 2013 – 35 Clicks: Wall St Journal: 'Cats Are Actually Man's Best Friend' #Cats #PeterMandel #PearlsOfWisdom http://ow.ly/oi1Ra

#3 – May 14, 2013 – 34 Clicks: Lakewood Pet Examiner: 'Cat Care Society introduces the 2013 Painted Cats (Photos)' http://ow.ly/l27sp @WhereisCDNow


#4 – Nov 20, 2013 – 34 Clicks: We're in the 'Black #Cats RULE' contest...please "like" our photo and say why 'Cat Care Society RULES!' http://ow.ly/r1KxJ

#5 – Oct 30, 2013 – 33 Clicks: Petline9: 6-Month-Old #Kitten Andrew Ready For His #ForeverHome http://ow.ly/qj1wE @9News @KathySabine9


#6 – May 13, 2013 – 31 Clicks: Denver Post: ‘Shelter dogs, cats now Colo.'s official state pet’ http://ow.ly/l1iqh

#7 – Jun 26, 2013 – 30 Clicks: Boss needs a #ForeverHome - Kay Higgins took him to Petline9 http://ow.ly/mp4o1@beckyditchfield @theWXwoman


#8 – June 28, 2013 – 25 Clicks: Denver Westword Photos: 'Tails of the Painted Cats: A sneak-peek photo preview before you bid' http://ow.ly/mu82I

#9 – May 9, 2013 – 24 Clicks: Tonight: the 2013 Tails of the Painted Cats Debut at the Lakewood Arts Council Gallery... Be There! http://ow.ly/kSK2a

#10 – June 4, 2013 – 23 Clicks: This week: please sign petition to stop devastating changes to Combined Federal Campaign http://ow.ly/lI5C8

  Link to the @CatCareSociety Twitter

Monday, December 30, 2013

Cat Care Society: December News From Our Forever Homes

Mo - Is now called “Grandma Kitty” and ignores the Shih-Tzu in her new home and enjoys roaming around and hanging out in her new home. She also likes to pat at the strings on the venetian blinds at the window.

Ducky - likes using her scratching disc and her owners describe her as super affectionate and take turns sleeping next to each separate person.

Jason - makes people get down on the floor with him at his level and he loves the attention. He rubs his face next to yours and likes to play with a rattle ball and run around the furniture to play. He shares his home with two other cats.

Pokey - goes by the new name Oreo and adopted by a woman and her elderly parents. Oreo likes the woman’s father who has Parkinson’s and likes to get into his lap. The first night she saw her reflection in the sun room’s windows and thought it was another cat and hissed at her self. Now she uses the room for sunning her fur.

Ipo - pronounced E-po is sociable to the visitors that come to her home and loves being with her new owner all day.

Congratulations to our alumni!

Check out the other kitties...still waiting

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 Proves Successful Year for Bioscience in Colorado

Colorado realized a number of key financings and acquisitions in the bioscience industry during 2013. The announcement is made by April Giles, President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), who says "We saw several exciting deals this year with many more on the horizon as Colorado continues to gain national recognition in the bioscience industry."

Highlighted Financing and Acquisitions in 2013 Include (deals over $8M):

• Biodesix Closes $8.8M Series D Financing - April 11, 2013 Boulder based Biodesix, Inc., announced that the company closed on $8.8 million in a follow-on sale of its Series D preferred shares. http://www.biodesix.com/biodesix-closes-series-d-financing-2/ 

 • Takeda to Acquire Inviragen for $250M – May 8, 2013 Fort Collins based Inviragen agreed to be acquired by Takeda, the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan for $35 million cash and $215 million in milestones. http://www.takeda.com/news/2013/20130508_5757.htmlhttp://www.takeda.com/news/2013/20130508_5757.html

• Lanx Completes $15M Series C Equity Financing – May 13, 2012 Broomfield based Lanx, Inc., announced the closing of a $15 million Series C equity financing. http://www.lanx.com/pdfs/PR9900-0113_Series%20C%20Equity%20Financing%20Release.pdf 

• Clovis Oncology Raises an Additional $275M – June 18, 2013 Boulder based Clovis Oncology’s initial IPO in 2011 was $139 million on the sale of 10.7 million shares. They raised an additional $75 million in 2012 and $275 million in June of 2013 through public offerings. http://www.xconomy.com/boulder-denver/2013/06/18/clovis-oncology-closes-275m-offering-following-two-pivotal-weeks/ 

• SomaLogic Inc. Raised $10M in Equity Financing – August 20, 2013 Boulder based SomaLogic Inc. raised $10 million in equity financing from unidentified investors. http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/boosters_bits/2013/08/somalogic-raises-venture-capital.html

• Baxter Completes Acquisition of Gambro AB for $4B – September 6, 2013 Lakewood based Gambro BCT, a wholly owned entity of Gambro AB was acquired by Baxter International Inc. of Deerfield, Ill for $4 billion. http://www.baxter.com/press_room/press_releases/2013/09_06_13_gambro.html 

• Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces $25M Financing – September 26, 2013 Greenwood Village based Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AMPE) announced a financing transaction that will provide $25 million in gross proceeds to the company. http://ampiopharma.com/news/ampio-pharmaceuticals-inc-announces-25-million-financing/ 

• Surefire Medical Closes Series B Funding at $18.2M - November 7, 2013 Westminster based Surefire Medical, Inc. completed a $18.2 million Series B funding. The latest financing will be used to expand product development, clinical trials, operations and marketing to meet rapidly growing national and international customer demand. http://surefiremedical.com/news/surefire-medical-closes-series-b-funding-at-18-2-million/

Link to the Business Wire release

Monday, December 16, 2013

Video: CBSA's 7th Annual Medical Device Symposium with Keynote by Congressman Erik Paulsen

Video overview from CBSA's 7th Annual Medical Device Symposium, 'Colorado Loves Device,' held December 9, 2013, at the Westin Westminster. About Colorado's Medical Device Industry: 

• Sixth-largest medical device sector in the nation

• 340 medical device, diagnostic and instruments companies

• Out-paced national growth rate


Federal Briefing Keynote: Congressman Erik Paulsen

http://youtu.be/PkUXwEMxlKk

Q and A: Congressman Erik Paulsen

http://youtu.be/o8ofCggFNJM

Welcome: 7th Annual Medical Device Symposium
http://youtu.be/984JYv5YJAw

Dan Wittenberg: Introduction Congressman Erik Paulsen
http://youtu.be/K6lLu3F09vA 

Next Steps To Repeal: We Need Your Help
http://youtu.be/s_9S1lF4NmY 

Key Things For An Effective Reimbursement Strategy
http://youtu.be/kvu5sDldXJs 

Marketing Your Device To The Hospital System
http://youtu.be/9DELlkASlHI

Dr Ted E Palen: Working With Kaiser
http://youtu.be/2xbtXOEjOGw

Kevin Smith: Moving From Early To Later Stage Funding http://youtu.be/gV_AoYSO8l8 

Mark Lupa: FitBionic's Recent Funding
http://youtu.be/N3ruh2sCYgw 

Lara Lee Hullinghorst: Importance of Government Funding & Resources
http://youtu.be/dX6qBAaLIbI



Friday, December 13, 2013

Melissa Reynolds: 'Diazemed looks for investors to help take its naturally coated medical devices to market'

Quoting today's InnovatioNews posting about Diazemed, the company founded by Boettcher Investigator Melissa Reynolds in 2010:

"FORT COLLINS – Melissa Reynolds is confident her approach to developing revolutionary, anti-rejection coatings for medical devices is the right one.

And she’s embarked on a long road to take her natural-based coatings to market and – with any luck – a high level of profitability.

'Other people have tried, but they’re not as good as we are at developing new innovative technologies that have overcome the issues with other similar types of materials,' said Reynolds, a Colorado State University chemistry assistant professor who founded her own company – Diazamed – in 2010."

Link to the full article


Monday, December 09, 2013

Cat Care Society Builds Year-end Appeal Around Rescue Cat 'Trouble,' Sharing Powerful Reasons to Support CCS on Colorado Gives Day 2013 and During the Holidays

Cat Care Society (CCS) has built its year-end appeal around the success of recent work with a rescue cat named Trouble. Trouble's story is an all-too-common tale of mistreatment by humans, which thanks to the work of Cat Care Society ends with Trouble finding his forever home and getting a second chance. Link to the full release.

This is the third year for CCS participation in Colorado Gives Day – Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Similar to last year, processing fees will be covered by Community First Foundation, FirstBank and local foundations so that 100 percent of Colorado Gives Day donations go directly to nonprofit organizations such as CCS.

Go to the Cat Care Society website, http://www.catcaresociety.org, and click on the "Donate Now" button or link directly to the Cat Care Society donation page on the GivingFirst.org platform at: https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=28010
 
Here's how donations help Cat Care Society:

* $5,000 feeds 60 cats for 9 months.
* $1,000 cares for 30 kittens, including shots, spays/neuters, microchips, food and litter.
* $500 provides medical care for one geriatric cat for one year.
* $125 purchases one month’s worth of kitty litter.
* $50 provides antibiotics for a sick cat.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Anschutz & Aurora: 'Aurora groups score grants to help move science from research to market'

Quoting from the article by Brandon Johansson:

"Last month, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade announced more than $3 million in grants aimed at helping academic researchers and bioscience companies take research from labs like those at Skaggs to market...

...At CID4, which stands for Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development, the grant totaled more than $1.3 million. The agency helps early stage bioscience companies get their companies off the ground and, according to OEDIT, the money will “support operations and the development and management of life-science discoveries.”

Kevin Smith, CID4’s executive director, said the grant shows that the organization, which now has eight companies in its portfolio, is having success...

...April Giles, president and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association, said that from the industry’s perspective, the grants are hugely important because they can bridge that gap between the research lab and the market place."

Link to the Aurora Sentinel

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jingle Cats and ‘Christmas Cats Auction’ Debut at Santa Paws Festival Dec 6 & 7

Cat Care Society, 5787 W. 6th Avenue, will hold its annual "Santa Paws Festival" on Friday, December 6 (noon to 5), and Saturday, December 7 (9 to 4:30).

Jane Dorsey, Cat Care Society Volunteer Coordinator, says "The Santa Paws Festival is a holiday tradition at our cat shelter in Lakewood, and the time when our dedicated volunteers show off their amazing baking skills and wreath making talents to help raise funds for our cat residents and community outreach programs.

New to the Festival this year are Jingle Cats created by CCS volunteers and the ‘Christmas Cats Auction.’ Saturday will be Family Day, with face painting and tree ornament crafting for children (9:30 to 12:30), The Original Dickens Carolers (11 to Noon), plus cat petting and free popcorn all day.” 


Jingle Cats are debuting at the Santa Paws Festival this year with a total of 75 darling kitty tchotchkes spray painted ‘pearl mist’ and adorned with red ribbon collars and brass bells. Those spending $100 or more at the Festival will get “pick of the litter” for their ‘free gift’ Jingle Cat, regardless of size. The promotion starts at noon on Friday. Note: Supplies are limited, so the Jingle Cat free offer is first come, first served—limit one per person while supply lasts.

View Jingle Cats YouTube slide show: http://youtu.be/maU8LrNhHSk


Christmas Cats Auction – CCS volunteers have amassed a selection of twenty (20) awesome auction prizes for this year’s debut event. Prizes include: a Pandora Bracelet from Trice Jewelers; irresistible collectibles, including a charming Jim Shore figurine; gift cards from Massage Envy, Blissful Nails, Hallmark Gold Crown stores and Swarovski Boutiques; plus more. Christmas Cats Auction tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Winners will be announced at 4:30 on Saturday. Winners need not be present.

View Auction Items YouTube slide show: http://youtu.be/LCUPGLyE6I4
Saturday, Dec 7, is Family Day at Santa Paws Festival: 

* Face Painting and Tree Ornament Crafting for children (9:30 to 12:30)

* The Original Dickens Carolers (11 to Noon)

* Cat petting and free popcorn all day at the shelter

Returning to the Santa Paws Festival are the annual bake sale, this year rebranded as ‘Ellen’s Bakery Shop;’ the ‘Deck The Halls’ Wreath Sale; the gently used cat curio sale, this year rebranded as “Cairo's Bazaar” of Collectible Treasures; Meow Mart shopping for new cat toys and supplies; plus shelter cat petting.

Favorites at ‘Ellen’s Bakery Shop’ are homemade candies, cookies, bar cookies, pies, jams, jellies, boxed cupcakes, Bundt cakes, spiced nuts, and FUDGE—all kinds of fudge. "Our Santa Paws' volunteer bakers are known for their creative and beautiful packaging, and many shoppers use purchases as hostess gifts at holiday parties and potlucks," Dorsey said. "Quite simply it’s the best bake sale in the history of the world—really! Plus, we serve refreshments, including Santa Paw's famous Cathouse Champagne Punch."

Link to the related newswire

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dec 1 Seminar for Cat People: 'The Fun of Clicker Training!'

Monthly Seminar Series Sunday, December 1, 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

The Fun of Clicker Training! (repeated due to popular demand.)

This class is half lecture and half workshop; there will be some hands-on aspects using shelter cats. Presented by Billie Reynolds - www.GoodKittyBehavior.com. Seminar Location: Cat Care Society shelter lower level conference room - $5 (free for platinum members).

Please RSVP via phone (303.239.9680) or email frontdesk@catcaresociety.org

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Beau Jo's Feasting For Felines is Today [11/20]: Denver Post Calendar and Examiner.com

Denver Post food calendar:

"Nov. 20: Participating Beau Jo's Pizza locations will donate 20 percent of sales to the Cat Care Society that helps abandoned, abused and injured cats. Visit the website for the required flier. Take-out orders included. catcaresociety.org"

Link to the posting

Denver Animal News Examiner:

"FEASTING FOR FELINES - The Cat Care Society's "Feasting for Felines" restaurant fundraiser is heading to Beau Jo's on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for both lunch and dinner. Beau Jo's will make a 20 percent donation to CCS per check at these locations on the front range: Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs. Visit the CCS website to print out a flyer to present to your server."

Link to Examiner.com

Beau Jo's is open until 9 p.m.

Link to the flyer

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CBSA Commends the State of Colorado For Granting $3.135 Million To Advance Bioscience Research from Bench to Marketplace

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) commends the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for awarding $3.135 Million in Commercialization Infrastructure grants under the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP) last week. April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, says "CBSA appreciates the OEDIT for its ongoing commitment to the state’s bioscience industry through the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program, which was created in 2006 by the Colorado General Assembly. These key commercialization infrastructure grants funded last week are critical to advancing bioscience research from the bench into the marketplace."

Commercial Infrastructure grantees announced by the OEDIT include:

* The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4): $1,350,000 
CID4 is managing life science discoveries from Colorado research institutions and Colorado start-ups and early-stage businesses with the goal of creating bioscience jobs in Colorado. Grant funds support operations and the development and management of life-science discoveries. The CID4 has seven early-stage companies under its guidance supporting their operational development and attracting additional investment to meet their needs. Visit: http://cid4.com

* Colorado Center for Drug Discovery (C2D2): $750,000 
Based at Colorado State University, C2D2 is a resource to faculty at Colorado research universities, bringing biology and chemistry faculty together to use chemical libraries, computational resources, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, database support, virtual high throughput screening, and Computer Aided Drug Design to pharmacologically validate drug candidates with patent-protected chemical matter and innovative therapeutics for unmet medical needs. C2D2 supports several inter-institutional projects with funding and resources. Further, C2D2 offers compounds to investigators through its screening library and medicinal chemistry services that are critical in the drug discovery process. Visit: http://c2d2.org

* The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado: $410,248 
The University of Colorado Skagg's School of Pharmacy at Anschutz developed an HTS/HCS (high throughput/content screening) Core Facility for drug discovery. This resource has been utilized by more than 100 researchers and companies advancing the science and helping to secure intellectual property. http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/pharmacy/Pages/SchoolofPharmacy.aspx

* The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado: $624,752
The BioFrontiers Institute is a state-of-the art research and education facility that links the basic sciences, engineering, clinical practice, and industry at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus to support breakthrough developments in areas such as engineering human tissues, RNA enzyme and aptamer-based pharmaceutical, biorefining, and genetics. Grant funds support equipment, resources and personnel costs to develop the core facilities of the institute. With grant support, the institute has developed one of the largest repositories of shRNAs in the world at the Functional Genomics Facility. Colorado companies partner with the institute to improve their products. Ventria, a Fort Collins based pharma-biologics company, has used mass spectrometry services to detect oxidation in recombinant protein samples manufactures for human terapeutics. OPX Biotechnologies based in Boulder utilizes mass spectrometry to detect levels of intracellular metabolytes in biofuel molecule samples. Longmont-based Avery Brewing Co. has partnered with the Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Facility to develop an early-detection test for yeast cross-contamination to reduce waste and inefficiencies in their production process. Visit: http://biofrontiers.colorado.edu

Link to the PitchEngine social media news release

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pet Place: 'Pizza, the purrfect food' + 'Pets go with everything'

Quoting from this morning's posting by Susan Clotfelter:

"Beau Jo's Pizza locations in Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs are hosting a "Feasting for Felines" fundraiser for the Cat Care Society in Lakewood on Nov. 20 — 20 percent of your pre-tax sale will go to the shelter for felines. Go to catcaresociety.org to print the flier."

Print and bring to your Beau Jo'server on Wednesday, Nov 20 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Metro Denver locations listed): http://www.catcaresociety.org/docs/BeauJosFlyer.pdf

Link to denverpost.com Pet Place


Pets go with everything

Also quoting from the Denver Post. from November 9, by Susan and Vickie Heath:

"For the third year in a row, the Cat Care Society has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society, the megashelter in Kanab, Utah, for the National "Back in Black" pet adoption effort. Based on research from Colorado State University, black pets stay longer in shelters waiting to be adopted, so all black cats will be available on a "Name Your Price" basis from the Cat Care Society in November. Visit the society's website for more details — and Best Friend's site for a list of more participating Colorado shelters and links to their websites; some of them are having adoption specials, as well. catcaresociety.org, bestfriends.org/what-we-do/events/back-in-black" 
  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

OEDIT: Colorado grants over $3 million to bioscience organizations

Quoting from yesterday's news release:

"The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced grantees for the Commercialization Infrastructure grants under the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP). A total of $3,135,000 was awarded to support key industry infrastructure that facilitates drug discovery and lifts new bio-tech, life-science businesses off the ground.

'Congratulations to our deserving grantees who provide critical services to the bioscience industry and the state,' said Sonya Guram, program manager at OEDIT. 'The organizations provide key assets that we want to make solid for the long-term.'

Grantees:
* The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development: $1,350,000
* Colorado Center for Drug Discovery: $750,000
* The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Univ of Colorado: $410,248
* The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado: $624,752"

Link to the OEDIT news release

Link to a recap by Greg Avery/Denver Business Journal

BCBR: 'Firms, colleges make area a mecca for cancer research'

Quoting from the November 8th article by Beth Potter:

"The Boulder Valley has a reputation as a hub for cancer-treatment drug research — especially targeting lung cancer — according to company representatives and an industry trade group.

Seven companies based in Boulder, Longmont and Louisville focus on cancer-related research, according to a Colorado BioScience Association database. The Denver-based industry trade group identified Boulder BioTechnology Inc., Clovis Oncology Inc., Siva Therapeutics Inc., SuviCa Inc. and Array BioPharma Inc., all in Boulder, as cancer research companies. GlobeImmune Inc. in Louisville and OnKure Inc. in Longmont also made the list...

...Laboratories related to the University of Colorado’s four campuses and veterinary studies at Colorado State University have led to a broad culture of innovation in cancer research, said April Giles, executive director of the Colorado BioScience Association. Several companies in Boulder and Broomfield counties are members of the group."

Link to the full article

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 20: Beau Jo's Locations Host Feasting For Felines

Cat Care Society's 'Feasting for Felines' Restaurant Fundraiser is heading to Beau Jo's on Wednesday, November 20, for both Lunch and Dinner.

Beau Jo's will make a 20% donation to CCS per check at these locations on the front range: Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs.

Please print this flyer and present to your server.

Note: this is good on TO GO orders as well.

For more information, visit www.beaujos.com.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

December 10: Mark Your Calendar To Help Cat Care Society on Colorado Gives Day 2013

Colorado Gives Day 2013 is Tuesday, December 10. Here's how donations help Cat Care Society:

$15,000 provides 6 months’ worth of medicines for our clinic

$10,000 covers the cost of operating our Temporary Care Program for a full year, serving cats of 50 families temporarily made homeless due to foreclosure, fire, flooding or other personal misfortune

$5,000 feeds 60 cats for 9 months

$2,500 provides carrying cases, collars, tags, and starter toys for all cats adopted into their forever homes from our shelter for 1 year

$1,000 provides complete care for 30 kittens, including shots, spaying/neutering, microchips, food, and litter

$500 provides medical care for a senior cat (10+ years) for a year

$250 buys two month’s worth of cat litter for the shelter

$100 provides antibiotics for two sick cats for 2 weeks

One-time donations or recurring donations may be made online at ColoradoGives.org - your Colorado Gives Day donation can be scheduled in advance.

Link here to learn about other ways to give to Cat Care Society, including Workplace Giving, Cars For Cats, Matching Gifts, Memorials and Tributes.

Monday, November 11, 2013

This Saturday's Seminar for Cat People Focuses on 'Golden Oldie' Senior Kitties

When: Saturday, November 16 - 2 pm

Who: Dr. Kerry Muhovich presents “Golden Oldies” cat care and behavior seminar at Cat Care Society.

What: She will cover the unique challenges of caring for a cat in the later years including feline senility, kidney disease, and cancer.

Where: Cat Care Society shelter, 5787 W. 6th Avenue in Lakewood. Lower level conference room.

Cost:  $5 (free for Cat Care Society platinum members)

Please RSVP via phone (303.239.9680) or email frontdesk@catcaresociety.org


November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. All senior cats are "name you price" at Cat Care Society. Plus, senior cats qualify for Cat Care Society's Perpet-U-Care program. Learn more at http://www.catcaresociety.org/perpet-u-care.html. Also learn 'Ten Reasons Why Senior Cats Rule'http://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/cat-adoption/10-reasons-senior-cats-rule/

Coverage Overview: Cat Care Society Joins National 'Back In Black' Month-Long Promotion










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Back in Black lasts for the month of November at Cat Care Society. All black cats and kittens are part of a "name you price" adoption special. Link to the flyer.

Video: Boettcher Foundation Pres/ED Introduces 2013 Boettcher Investigators to Bioscience Community


Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of Boettcher Foundation, introduced the 2013 Class of Boettcher Investigators to the Colorado bioscience community at the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA)Tenth Annual Awards Dinner on November 7 at the Marriott City Center in Denver. Video:

 
http://youtu.be/zLbQJkEdKw4

The 2013 (fourth) Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes:

* Dr. Amrut V. Ambardekar, M.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Medicine — Cardiology, Myocardial Recovery After Ventricular Assist Device Implantation

* Dr. Joseph A. Brzezinski, Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Mechanisms of Retinal Development and Disease

* Dr. Soyeon Park, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Molecular Mechanisms of Proteasome Biogenesis

* Dr. Abigail L. Person, Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Corollary Discharge Pathways Underlying Schizophrenia Symptoms

* Dr. Michael Strong, Ph.D., National Jewish Health, Assistant Professor of Genes, Environment, and Health, Genomics of Respiratory Disease Associated Pathogens

* Dr. Lucas Argueso, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Radiation and Cancer Biology, Gene Copy Number Variation

* Dr. Brad Borlee, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, Molecular Regulation of Bacterial Pathogenesis

* Dr. Melissa Krebs, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Controlled Delivery of Therapeutics from Biopolymer Systems

With the addition of the 2013 Class, there are now 22 Boettcher Investigators conducting research in the following Colorado institutions: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health and Colorado School of Mines. All grant awards are $225,000.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

DBJ: 'Biotech industry honors founders, companies'

Quoting from the November 8th posting by Greg Avery:

"The Colorado BioScience Association has given special awards to industry players who made the most notable acheivements and contributions during the group’s 10-year history."

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CBSA Confers Special Ten-Year Recognition Awards and Announces 2013 Industry Award Winners at Annual Dinner Celebration in Denver

The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) unveiled winners of its Special Tenth Anniversary Recognition Awards and 2013 Industry Awards at its Annual Awards Dinner, held November 7 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Denver.

The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who says the following special Recognition Awards were conferred in honor of the Association’s Tenth Anniversary:

Founders Award – Colorado State University, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority and the University of Colorado.

Pioneering Award – Dr. Larry Gold, CEO and Chairman of the board of SomaLogic and Dr. Chris Christoffersen, General Partner and Head of the Life Science Team for Morgenthaler Ventures and General Partner for Lightstone Ventures.

Visionary Award – David Perez, President and CEO of Terumo BCT.

The CBSA also announced the winners of its 2013 industry awards during the ceremonies, which include:

Company of the Year – Clovis Oncology

Rising Star of the Year – Surefire Medical

Business Partner of the Year – Covidien

Educator of the Year – Professor Keith Neeves, Colorado School of Mines

Volunteer of the Year – Dustin Whistler, Principal, Forte Commercial Real Estate & Chair of CBSA Membership Committee

Institute Leadership Award – Benjamin Noe

The dinner began with Timothy Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, presenting the 2013 Class of Boettcher Investigators of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, leading into a reflection over the past ten years of the association. The history of the CBSA was highlighted by video vignettes and individual presentations from Dr. Christoffersen, Dr. Gold and Mr. Perez. Steffan Tubbs, Morning Co-Host on 850 KOA News, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

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Coverage Overview: Finalists 2013 Bioscience Company of the Year and Rising Star Awards






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